Job Opportunities at PDS
Social Work/Professional Counselor Internship with Office of Rehabilitation and Development
About The Job
The Office of Rehabilitation and Development (ORD) is composed of licensed forensic social workers and licensed forensic professional counselors who are sentencing specialists. The staff work with PDS clients who present a broad range of emotional, social, physical, psychiatric, and substance abuse-related problems. The staff develop least restrictive, individualized sentencing and rehabilitation plans, in-depth mitigation reports, case-based counseling, case management, and collaboration with criminal and/or juvenile justice agencies and other parties working with our clients. The staff make clinical recommendations on behalf of PDS clients to the D.C. Superior Court. Because ORD staff are well versed in all of the D.C. area rehabilitative programs (for example, drug treatment, job training, education programs, and parenting classes), they are frequently asked to provide consultation for judges, CJA lawyers, and others in the criminal justice system.
- Visit clients at jails, juvenile detention facilities, hospital, halfway houses, other community placements, and clients’ homes.
- Review and summarize client records.
- Complete psychosocial evaluations.
- Assist clients with connections to services.
- Attend court proceedings on behalf of clients.
- Communicate with families, agencies and other supportive individuals.
- Write sentencing memoranda on behalf of clients.
- Document all work into the agency’s computer case tracking system.
How to Apply:
The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent organization; governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees, PDS provides legal representation to individuals facing a loss of freedom in the local criminal, delinquency, and mental health systems in the District of Columbia. PDS’s approximately 235 attorneys, social workers, investigative specialists, administrative, and technical staff collaborate with each other to advance the PDS mission. PDS’s main office is located at 633 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. District of Columbia residency is not a requirement for employment. PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and all employees are entitled to participate in the federal health and life insurance plans, the federal retirement plans (FERS, FERS-RAE, FERS-FRAE, CSRS, CSRS-Offset), and the Thrift Savings Plan. Transferring employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement purposes. Employment at PDS is neither federal nor District of Columbia government employment, and all employees are at-will.
PDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify Participant.